SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The pilot of a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Santa Barbara Airport Tuesday afternoon after experiencing mechanical problems.

The incident happened about 12:15 p.m., just west of the main runway.

Santa Barbara Fire Captain Gary Pitney said the single-engine cirrus was on final approach to land when the throttle control began to malfunction, making it impossible for the pilot to reduce power.

Pitney said the pilot was in contact with the tower during the entire incident -- no other planes were involved.

Eventually, the plane landed "long" on the over-run area which is paved, then ran off the dirt roughly 300 feet short of a creek. 

The NTSB gave airport officials the go-ahead to tow the plane to a nearby hangar, freeing up the runways for other planes.

The two people on board made it out of the plane safely and were unhurt.

Slideshow: Emergency Landing At Santa Barbara Airport

POSTED: 05:13 PM PDT Jun 24, 2014    UPDATED: 05:13 PM PDT Jun 24, 2014 

The pilot of a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing near the Santa Barbara Airport Tuesday afternoon after experiencing mechanical problems.

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